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  Posted: May 4, 2012 9:05 PM FEED
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Spent the day driving south on Highway 1. Me oh my.
Rollie, the world's most ferocious elk hunter, boldly squares off with his next victim.
We let Rollie run through the snow at Crater Lake today. Good idea category.
Night's camp, Willamette National Forest.
Pretty surreal experience today, visiting the childhood home of Kurt Cobain, which his family has been trying to sell for years. More to come.
The Northwestern corner of the continental United States, yesterday just after sunset. Cape Flattery, Washington, with the lighthouse on Tatoosh Island just visible.
Saturday brunch at @garlandraleigh is a gift, as is the sight of @siblaster in an Escalade. Thanks Paul, @cheetieku, & @peanutbutter_chelleytime.
We shipped off $20,000 yesterday to Uniting NC and the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, the first checks from the #welcometoraleighyall & #welcometodurhamyall campaigns. The money goes directly to the needs of refugees and immigrants in our community. Felt real nice. Thanks, everyone, for the help.
The trails in Vancouver ask the serious questions.
Hit Vancouver after three days of driving and headed straight for the Chief, the second biggest granite monolith in the world. Raced up to the third peak and marveled at a truly beautiful city.
Finally back after three days of intense driving up the Dalton Highway and three days of difficult climbing, bushwhacking, hiking, and stream fording in the Gates of the Arctic National Park, the least-visited national park in the country. A: Tina at sunrise yesterday, as we headed back out. B: Tina, looking nervous before we set up camp alongside a stream on the first night, near an obvious wolf-and-caribou zone. What a wild, special place.
Measured from bottom to top, Denali is the highest mountain on the planet. Here it is on a semi-clear day, seen from 154 miles, due northeast. Awesome in every way.
We woke up yesterday morning in Anchorage, checked the forecast, and realized the weather in Southern Alaska would be terrible today, meaning we'd have no chance for a good hike around the enormous Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield, right on the coast. So we immediately hopped in the cab and started heading south, in hopes of getting on the trail by noon and back down before the weather set in around 6. We got pelted by a sleet storm around the top of the climb, but it was worth it just to stare out at ice as far as we could see. And there's a chance we broke some federal laws and climbed down to the toe in the process. It was gigantic and mind-melting. The rainy, dark drive back to Anchorage was a tad tricky and slow, but count it.